The Government approved the Regulation on the procedure for reimbursing the costs of producers of fruits and vegetables for the introduction of water-saving technologies based on drip and rain irrigation.
The Regulation defines the procedure for reimbursing part of the costs of producers of fruits and vegetables for the introduction of water-saving technologies in newly created garden and greenhouse farms.
To cover expenses in 2019 and subsequent years, subsidies in the following amounts will be allocated:
- for the introduction of drip and rain irrigation technology at a time in the amount of not more than 6 million soums per hectare of area;
- for the construction of boreholes for water extraction in gardens with an area of more than 35 hectares, as well as pumping stations for downloading water from rivers, canals and other reservoirs in the amount of not more than 120 million soums.
In 2019, subsidy funds are allocated from the fund under the Agency for the Development of Horticulture and Greenhouse Management, and starting from 2020, in equal shares from the fund and the state budget.
Producers who want to cover part of the costs submit the following documents to the territorial departments of agriculture:
- a project of an authorized design institute for the introduction of irrigation technology;
- a copy of the loan agreement with a commercial bank and a document confirming the allocation of a loan;
- a copy of the contract with contractors;
- copies of documents confirming the expenses incurred.
The Ministry of Agriculture annually until 1 May forms and submits to the Government the final list of producers of fruit products for the introduction of irrigation technology for next year.
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution “On additional measures for the development of deep processing in the silk industry”.
The document said that till 1 August 2022, the silk industry enterprises are provided with subsidies to compensate up to 50 percent of the costs of transportation of 8 types of products by air and rail to the United States, the European Union and Turkey. The compensation will be paid due to the expense of the state budget.
Now, the cost of grain silkworm and other material and technical resources necessary for the production of cocoons, as well as mulberry seedlings, delivered by enterprises that are part of the Association "Uzbekipaksanoat" cocoon-producing entities, is not considered a turnover for the sale of goods (works, services).
Silk enterprises provide the conditions and the order provided for farms on acquisition of agricultural machinery on the basis of leasing, delivery of mineral fertilizers, seeds, means of chemical protection of plants and other material resources.
Starting from 1 January 2020, 50 percent of the collected fines for illegal cutting, damage or destruction of mulberry plantations are sent to the planting of new mulberry seedlings in the territory, where the offence was committed.
Tax benefits established by law for legal entities with an export share of more than 15 percent of the total revenue from the sale of goods (works, services) also apply to products made of raw silk and silk wool till 1 January 2021.
A procedure will be established for providing compensation from the State Fund for support of business development for interest expenses on bank loans, allocated in 2019 – 2022 to finance the cultivation of silkworm cocoons, including the issuance of an advance to silkworm producers.
Also, it is planned to take measures to increase the purchase price of live silkworm cocoons from their producers from 2020 to at least 20 percent, from 2021 – at least 10 percent.
Institutions have been established as part of the research Institute of silkworm breeding for the cultivation of mulberry silkworm in Ferghana, Samarkand, Khorezm, Kashkadarya and Surkhandarya regions.
Till 1 August 2021, Uzbekipaksanoat is allowed to place silkworm grains in the customs regime "processing outside the customs territory.
It also exempted from payment of customs payments (except fees for customs clearance) when imported into the territory of the Republic of silk cocoons grown in the result of export silkworm to neighboring countries.
According to the Press Service of Uztekstilprom Association, Regulation.gov.uz portal has published the draft Presidential Resolution ‘On development of textile, clothing, and knitwear industry and export promotion of high value-added products’.
The Draft Resolution was drafted by the Uztextileprom Association. Proposals of comments of the general public to the Resolution and its content are accepted by July 25, 2019.
Rapidly changing global market trends and the concurrent increasing competition, stronger consumer demands, and the need for increased demand for Uzbek textiles in foreign markets, all require additional measures to build up full-cycle textile manufacturing facilities in Uzbekistan, with the use of local content in manufacturing textiles, fabrics, and textile accessories.
The document was elaborated with a view to ensure dynamic and sustainable development of the textile, clothing, and knitwear industry; to diversify and expand the manufacture of finished products that could be competitive, primarily, in foreign markets, which can be achieved by deep processing of domestically produced (cotton and non-cotton) raw materials, with attraction of prospective foreign investors; and to promote exports of finished high value-added textile, clothing, and knitwear products.
The additional areas for development of the textile, clothing, and knitwear industry are proposed to be defined as follows:
- production of high-quality products (including branded products) and their promotion to ensure the maximum reduction in imports of similar products;
- implementation of modern energy- and resource-saving technologies; use of artificial, synthetic, and other kinds of raw materials in the production, to ensure meeting the quality and price requirements of a wide variety of consumers (including foreign customers);
- expansion of product range, as well as diversification of high value-added product manufacture;
- promotion and strengthening international cooperation to develop foreign markets on mutually beneficial conditions, with the maximum use of potential benefits and preferences in the global market.
In order to protect the domestic market against low-quality and counterfeit products, the project proposes, starting from January 1, 2020, to implement mandatory certification using appropriate labelling of all finished textiles, clothing, and knitwear (61 to 63 CN FEA codes) imported into Uzbekistan by entities and persons for commercial purposes.
Those modifications are proposed by the National Agency for Project Management under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the State Tax Committeeá and the State Customs Committee of Uzbekistan.
Following the document approval, the State Customs Committee of Uzbekistan shall be put in charge, in the established manner, of taking effective measures to prevent the release of those finished clothing and knitwear into free circulation in Uzbekistan which are not supported by certificates of conformity issued upon their assessment (testing) procedures.
It is also proposed to establish a procedure pursuant to which sales of cotton fibre harvested from 2018 to 2020 to domestic textile companies at the exchange auction for the national currency will be effected with 35% advance payment and the final payment made within 90 days. This 90-day period determined for the final payment for cotton fibre to be made by domestic textile companies shall start from the date of the cotton fibre’s shipment.
As many as 119 investment projects covering the production of finished export-oriented high value-added textiles, clothing, and knitwear worth total USD927.56 million are expected to be implemented in 2019-2025.
On the 8th of Julyá 2019, the SMART Patrol Programme was presented in Tashkent for the staff of the Department for Biodiversity and Protected Natural Areas under the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Ecology and Environmental Protection. The Programme was initiated by UNDP/GEF and State Committee on Ecology within the framework of the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Forest Management in Key Mountainous Areas Important for Globally Significant Biodiversity Project. The Project was led by Michael Hoette (the Netherlands), the international expert on environmental management and latest technologies of the SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) Patrol Programme.
At the working meeting, the experts discussed implementation of the intellectual (SMART) patrol system in the areas of the Chatkal State Biosphere Reserve and Gissar State Reserve.
SMART Patrol is the programme employed in various countries; it is designed to assess and review the data obtained with the use of information technology during area patrolling, select the to evaluate quality of the inspectors’ work and to increase efficiency of anti-poaching activities.
Within the framework of the UNDP project, the respective capacity building to be delivered for PNA (Protected Natural Area) staff; the proposed system is planned for implementation on a pilot basis this year.
Company information: DeFacto is a clothing manufacturer; it is the largest and dynamically developing Turkish brand. The corporation was founded in 2005 and currently covers 27 countries, with its 447 marketing outlets both in Turkey and abroad.
At the meeting, domestic textile and knitwear industry products were presented. The capacities of the domestic manufacturers and the prospects for business operation in Uzbekistan were also extensively outlined.
The foreign party was offered to engage the Turkish company in the industrial cooperation with Uzbek companies and, eventually, establish a joint venture in Uzbekistan.
Amongst others, the Uzbek partners proposed to establish closer cooperation by launching production on requests of the Turkish company to further supply goods to the CIS, EU, and other promising markets.
The guests showed their keen interest in cooperation with Uzbek companies and informed of their readiness to establish their representative office in Tashkent.
Following the meeting, the parties expressed their satisfaction with the existence of the mutual interest in establishing and further developing bilateral cooperation in textile sector.
Press Service of Uztekstilprom Association